On November 10, 1943, the city of New Orleans dedicated the first United States monument of a woman in service uniform: “Molly Marine.” A local recruiter commissioned the statue to help recruit women during World War II. For female Marines, Molly represents the countless contributions female Marines have made to the Corps. She has become a symbol of esprit de corps for all women Marines. Just before graduation from boot camp, the female recruits are asked to name one woman within their platoon who best exemplifies esprit de corps. Here, we celebrate two of our newest sisters, Privates Singleton and Valdez, pictured with their drill instructors.
Pvt Singleton, Jordan Plt 4008, O Co
Chosen by her platoon 10 Mar 2010 as Molly Marine
“From the moment of deciding to become a United States Marine, a new sense of pride has grown within me. The decision to leave my old ways, my old habits, and my old life behind to start a new one was the hardest obstacle I have had to overcome. With making that decision, came confidence. . It is an honor to wear “US MARINES” and the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor across my heart everyday.”
Pvt Valdez, Abish Plt 4009, O Co
Chosen by her platoon 10 Mar2010 as Molly Marine
“My mother has always been a huge influence in my life. She has always told me, ‘Greatness does not come from individuals, but rather greatness comes from those who make others great.’ …knowing that becoming a Marine means pushing myself beyond the point of exhaustion, doing what not every person can do, and doing my best to set the example is what my mother always taught me to do. Ultimately becoming a part of a sisterhood that represents honor, courage, and commitment is a blessing that only few will come to know and understand. I have reached my goal of being a Marine, and I am proud to say that I made it with all my sisters, platoon 4009.”